The rising popularity of Canadian reggae outfit Bedouin Soundclash was laid bare at Brixton Academy where the trio received a rapturous reception. Well, I say reggae, but at times you could be forgiven for thinking you were caught up in the middle of a stadium rock act’s homecoming such was the unbridled joy many members of the crowd were experiencing. With their tender vocals backed up by rumbling bass lines and tight drumming this was a performance to be proud of for the Soundclash boys.
Having already toured in the UK six times, played festivals, as well as having one of their best songs used in a mobile commercial, tonight’s show confirmed that they have accumulated a loyal following here. Their brand of reggae infuses elements of rock, soul and dub but although they straddle genre boundaries one thing is for sure — they know how to party.
A mosh pit at a reggae gig?
Jay’s fragile but never faltering voice is suitably accompanied by his catchy guitar riffs, while bassist Eon and drummer Pat put their efforts into driving home powerful rhythms that demand to be danced to. A mosh pit at a reggae gig? Perhaps that can be attributed to Danko Jones performing before them and getting the crowd in the mood for some rough and tumble action. Even so, an arm waving, fist clenching and generally joyous sea of bodies did not need an excuse to let themselves go.
The best reception was saved for Bedouin’s newest track, “12.59 Lullaby”, as well as “When the Night Feels My Song”. The former’s calm allowed for a pause and a little reflection before the latter erupted the venue into a sing-a-long. A special Soundclash remix had been prepared for Brixton as a farewell — that of U2’s “New Year’s Day”. Jay proved that he can easily match Bono at his most soulful for what was a fitting finale. With a new album out in the spring, Bedouin Soundclash will know that Brixton will welcome them back with open arms and rightly so.